Number of international tourist arrivals in Venice 2011-2019

Inscribed in 1987 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Venice is one of the main tourist destinations in Italy. The city attracts more and more visitors from all over the world. The number of international tourist arrivals in Venice has been steadily increasing over the years, reaching about 4.7 million arrivals in 2019, roughly 1.2 million more arrivals than those registered in 2011. Furthermore, international tourists made up the largest share of visitors in Venice as of 2018.

The Carnival of Venice

Venice, also called La Serenissima, is known for its canals, bridges, gondolas and masks. One of the emblematic events in Venice is the Carnival, which yearly attracts many tourists from Italy and other parts of the world. The origin of the Carnival dates back to the Middle Ages and to this day the visitors can enjoy celebrations and parades with traditional venetian costumes and masks.

Two sides to every story

Although tourism is one of the most important industries in Italy, which generated about 13 percent of the Italian gross domestic product in 2019, an excessive number of visitors can have a negative impact on the life of the local citizens and the place itself. In 2017, Venice ranked third on the European podium of cities affected by worst over-tourism, just behind Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Number of international tourist arrivals in the Italian city of Venice from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2019

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